elcome to the Diocese of Charleston, a territory full of history and heart that covers the entire state of South Carolina. The diocese was established on July 11, 1820, by His Holiness Pope Pius VII making it the seventh oldest Roman Catholic district in the United States.
The 32,020 square miles of our state is comprised of a territory which was originally a part of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina — now collectively part of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The total population of South Carolina exceeds 5.024 million, of which an estimated 10 percent are Catholic. We have 93 parishes, one quasi-parish, 20 missions, 33 diocesan schools (28 elementary and five high schools) and two private schools. Our clergy and religious sisters are a local and worldwide representation of the answer to the Baptismal call to minister, serve and evangelize.
Our patron saint is John the Baptist, and like that voice crying out in the wilderness, our laity have been called to share the message of salvation. Through God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we can be saved from meaninglessness, emptiness and despair to experience truth, meaning and hope.
On behalf of the Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone, the 13th bishop of the diocese, your brothers and sisters in Christ welcome you to our website with the hopes that you will become a part of this life-giving community. Sustained in the Holy Spirit, we pray that your hearts may be filled to join us in sharing the Good News (the Gospel) of Christ, Our Lord and Savior.